Crimson Struggles to 14th-Place Result
Although the Harvard men’s golf team found itself in contention after the first round of play at the Windon Memorial in Glencoe, Ill., the Crimson was unable to build any momentum against tough competition in its most recent tournament, finishing 14th out of 15 teams.
Harvard finished with a total score of 934 (+82) for the tournament, which consisted of three rounds occurring Sunday and Monday.
Ohio State ended the weekend in first place, after accumulating an impressive final round score of +5.
The strong finish enabled the Buckeyes to leapfrog over the second place finishers Northwestern, which ended its third round at +15.
While other teams in contention after two rounds finished with scores well over par, Ohio State was able to take advantage of thirteen birdies in the final round to ultimately seal the victory. The Buckeyes finished with an overall score just 29 strokes over par.
Sophomore Akash Mirchandani posted the best score out of all the Harvard golfers, finishing +13 over three rounds of play.
Mirchandani was relatively consistent throughout the tournament, with his best score of +2 coming in the first round and his worst of +6 in the second.
Junior captain Theodore Lederhausen also played solid golf and totaled a final score of +16.
Lederhausen kept his score low by racking up seven birdies over the course of the tournament.
“I was hitting it pretty well, but I hit some costly shots occasionally,” Lederhausen said. “But overall it felt pretty good.”
The Crimson’s third and fourth place scorers—sophomore Seiji Liu and freshman Un Cho—were neck-and-neck for most of the tournament, ultimately finishing with the same score. Both players were +27 in what was Cho’s first collegiate golf tournament.
Harvard’s final competitor, Kevin McCarthy, finished with an individual score of +36.
The Crimson was the only Ivy League team at the Windon Memorial. Schools from across the country made the trip to Illinois, ranging from UC Davis to Indiana to Costal Carolina.
“The field was very strong,” Lederhausen said. “There were a lot of good teams, so we learned from seeing what they were doing.”
After the first round of play, Harvard found itself near the bottom of the leaderboard in 13th place. Mirchandani led the Crimson with a +2 score of 73, and he was closely followed by Lederhausen at +4.